Monday, August 22, 2011

Trout fishing report 8-20-2011

Whenever I see a forecast for a high of 72 with rain in August I will go trout fishing! My cousin Martin wanted to go with so we hit the road at around 4:45 am. Driving West the weather got worse and we ran into a couple pretty decent sized thunderstorms. I wanted to check out at least 3 new streams, but because of the rain I figured they might be blown out so we headed down to Big Spring Creek for a bit until the weather settled a bit. We did very well on Big Spring catching a good number of fish including having my Cousin Martin catching his first inland sweep (brown, brook, bow.
We decided to check out a small stream that is not listed that runs through a friends property in Northern Grant County. I have never seen it before, but he swears it is full of nice trout (he is not a fisherman at all) We pull up to his driveway and head down the valley until we reach the water. I look over at my cousin and say "JACKPOT" the stream just looks amazing and is full of brookies with some browns mixed in. We didn't catch and monster, but we did see a huge Brown and Brookie swipe at the Panther Martins. We kept 3 each ranging from 12-14 inches and headed out. Dropped off a 12 pack of Capital Brewery Fest and got to talking with my buddy and he said anytime we wanna head back there to go for it. Just gotta give him a call during the bow season so he knows we are down near the stream. I have hunted here with him and his Dad for many years and never even knew this stream was back there.
I have a feeling some monster Browns will run up this gem to spawn in the fall since it runs into a well know large stream about 2 miles away. Would not shock me if we caught a tiger in here either with the mix of Brookies and Browns.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Artic Grayling coming back to Michigan?

I found this article very interesting. I love seeing Native animals coming back to the areas which they belong. I would be pretty surprised to see Grayling once again swimming in the waters of our Eastern neighbors but you never know!

Can we bring the Grayling back?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Feels good to get back to trout fishing!!!!!!

Alarm went off this morning at 4:45 am............... Wake up and all I can hear is pouring rain and Thunder. It has been awhile since I last trout fished and landed a MONSTER RAINBOW (Which I know I still have to post the photo). The heat has been killing me and I wanted to fish so terribly bad. So I said screw it, I am committed now packed up and headed west.
It was raining so hard I had to pull over twice on hwy 14 near Mazo and at one point there was about 2 feet of water completely covering the road. I stopped at two streams I normally fish (small, rocky and clear)which normally produces some monster browns starting in August-September. I was shocked to see them totally blown out, I have never seen these streams even slightly murky before even after a big rain.
Heading North about 15 minutes and found clear water which still has a small stain. Had to sit in the truck until about 7:10 for the storms to stop. And once they did the fishing blew up!
I stopped counting fish after 30 and 90% of them were decent fish 13+ inches. I even got the slam catching a Brown, Brook and Rainbow on back-to-back-to-back casts which was a first for me. Fish were found in fast water actively feeding on pretty much anything, but they really liked floating rapala's today.
Caught two really nice browns that I will have to measure the mark on the rod this afternoon. I would guess they both are between 17-20 inches.
Brook Trout are really starting to show fall spawning colors and the rainbow was one of the most acrobatic fish I have ever seen.